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Will New European Commission Leaders Welcome Open Source and Open Standards?

Justpin Whoever gives the most brown envelopes (21 comments)

The EU will welcome whatever or whoever gives them the most money in the form of brown envelopes. You see this in cars. Under the guise of safety new EU laws are introduced for certain safety and emissions limits. It just so happens that BMW/Mercedes are the ones that can provide vehicles which meet those regs...

about two weeks ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

Justpin Re:Radiologicals! (470 comments)

Skipper torpedoes were from Wing Commander III (1994), IIRC it was mission 3 or 4 of the campaign you had do this escort mission (I hate escort missions) and you had to escort a transport which suddenly had a skipper torpedo fired at it, it uncloaked three times.

about a month ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

Justpin Re:i-war (470 comments)

IIRC you could but it was a hold down this button rather than a toggle as in 1. Also the stealth mission required the cold gas thrusters upgrade which were limited.

about a month ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

Justpin Re:Lasers? (470 comments)

Well it seems playing quake in the 1990s on a 36K modem and learning to lag shoot was useful after all!

about a month ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Justpin Re:In highschool (201 comments)

It's not so much oil running out. It is the easy oil running out, i.e. oil which has a high energy return on energy input. As humans we like to pick the low hanging fruit first. Coal mining is a good example, we go for the stuff on the surface, then open cast, then dig shafts. Ghawar field in Saudi is an excellent example, it is 150 or so metres down on dry land. You can shift big machines on dry land. Deep water horizon gulf of Mexico is an excellent example too the oil was in deep water, which presents logistical challenges and deeper down meaning more work is required to get it to the surface. The Russian find is 300 or so metres down and thus it is easy oil.

about a month ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Justpin Re:So what? (201 comments)

Why? Exxon isn't the only oil big oil company. There is BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total SA. Who says those companies won't go into partnership with the Russians? The French recently sold a warship to the Russians.

about a month ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

Justpin Re: Umm no (470 comments)

I'm not so sure missiles would dictate battle range. On Earth we have dedicated weapon platforms to shoot down anti ship missiles. USN has the AEGIS cruisers, the Russians the Kirov battle cruisers. The horizon means the really really fast ones give about 10-20 seconds notice before you have a massive hole in the side of your ship. Weapons firms claim they can shoot down missiles (I'm not so sure about the claims). To extent the interception time they use airborne radar. However if space battles are fought at 10,000,0000km then you have quite a lot of notice of the missile coming as there is no horizon to hide behind and no sea to skim. If the missiles manoeuvre, you can see it and it is telegraphing its attack and movement direction with hours if not days and weeks.

about a month ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

Justpin Re:i-war (470 comments)

I-war-2 was a bit more limiting as you couldn't really turn off the 2D space assist function. I-war-1 had bad enemy scripts. If you went into free flight mode with inertia and no computer correction to limit you to 2d space very few things could hit you. You could abuse it even more with LDS when a missile or anything was going to hit you hit LDS and instant 1000m/s

about a month ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

Justpin Re:Clever idea (178 comments)

There is no real scarcity online. Which is why companies utilise artificial scarcity. Things such as some twitch tv live streams make you apply for a code to be able to watch it limiting the number of viewers when theoretically the sky is the limit.

about a month ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

Justpin Re:Very wise indeed (152 comments)

Is it really paranoid? Consider Kraft and Unilever, they make pretty much everything under different brand names. They are hoovering up other brands and putting them under their labels.

about 2 months ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

Justpin Re:The F35 is a joke: (275 comments)

It is in operation yes, in limited numbers. But they aren't making any more and as the costs escalate it seems they might as well make more F-22s than F35s. The the F-22 is tested and operational and mostly does what it was advertised to do. The F35 is still promises a lot of things, for the costs of the F35 you might have been able to replace on a 1:1 basis all the aging F-15s the USAF has.

about 3 months ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

Justpin Re:The F35 is a joke: (275 comments)

The F35 is a government subsidy program for Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin were pretty much given a blank cheque to write for as much as they want. The irony is Lockheed Martin had a completed and viable aircraft the F-22 which could have been modified like the F-15 which grew over the years to become the F-15E

about 3 months ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

Justpin It is already being done elsewhere (205 comments)

I remember going into Manchester University / MMU/ Salford. (MA courses) The course I was looking at had 2 out of 8 core modules the other 6(+2 if you wanted) were electives and depending on the combination that you chose your masters qualification would be named differently, it could change from MSc to MA or MEd.

about 3 months ago
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Israeli Iron Dome firms 'infiltrated by Chinese hackers'

Justpin After service sales (1 comments)

Considering Iron Dome missiles were found on a cargo ship bound for China on the MS Thor Liberty in 2011, why is this news? China doesn't just have the schematics they have complete missile systems.

about 3 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Justpin Re:Breaking news (619 comments)

Sure, but similarly calling something capitalist doesn't mean it is capitalist either. The western world is not even remotely capitalist even though it pretends it is. I wouldn't call bail outs capitalist or subsidies like the F35 program capitalist.

about 3 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Justpin Re:Breaking news (619 comments)

Well ever 4-5 years we go through the motions of something called an election. Where the people vote for #1 a puppet of the corporations, #2 a puppet of the corporations # 3 a puppet of the corporations.

about 3 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Justpin Re:Breaking news (619 comments)

IIRC Government spending as a % of GDP in East Germany never went past 35%, in the UK government spending as a % of GDP went well over 50% a few years ago, its 15% in China and we have the gall to call them commies.

about 3 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Justpin Re:let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

Except free markets are like true communism a concept which cannot exist, what we call free markets are anything but, cartels are normal, bribes, I mean lobbying for preferential treatment is normal. Thats not a free market at all.

about 3 months ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Justpin Re:Protip: (667 comments)

But thats OK because NSA = heroes and everything they do is heroic, while everything everyone else does it a terrorist act.

about 3 months ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Justpin Re:Protip: (667 comments)

And what shred of humanity is that? if you look back through history most wars and interventions are fought for profits. Nothing else, dressing it up for humanitarian reasons does not change the fact that wars are fought for profits. Libya for example 'humanitarian action' 'i.e. regime change'

about 3 months ago

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